Ornamento senza delitto
Maria Stella Bottai
In the last few years, the study of ornament has been the object of a reevaluation in art history, architecture and in the contemporary arts. In 2009, the Swiss Institute in Rome organized a study day on this topic, focusing on the theories developed in the nineteenth century, when ornament was gradually liberated from the traditional rhetoric of decorum. The book here reviewed gathers the proceedings of that symposium.